‘Convergence’ of LGU, private sectors to benefit 13,000 Tagumeños in free ‘Hugpong’ medical services caravan
TAGUM CITY — Jean Mamoca, a 39 year-old housewife in this city’s Barangay Magdum, was all smiles as she waited for her turn to avail of a free dental operation, perhaps because her ordeal with toothache will soon be over.
“Dako kaayo ni ug tabang kay dili na mi mugasto unya mahal baya ni kung sa private mi magpa-ibot ug ngipon,” she said.
Jean is among the thousands of Tagumeños residing in Barangay Magdum who trooped to Col. Rosario Saludares Elementary School who availed of a comprehensive medical and social services under the LGU-led Operation Hugpong na Serbisyo which was officially launched last April 11, 2014.
Mayor Allan L. Rellon said this summer-long activity will benefit an approximate 13,000 Tagumeños across the 23 barangays of the city who will be availing of free circumcisions, dental services, minor surgeries and physical and therapeutic massage services.
Slated until May 2014, this comprehensive medical and social services caravan will make rounds in all barangays in the city, bringing with it an army of volunteers and medical practitioners.
The local chief executive highlighted about the dynamic convergence between the local government unit, participating health care providers, non-government organizations and private institutions and practitioners that joined forces in bringing this year’s immense medical and social services caravan as a support to his administration’s EAGLE WINGS Program.
Among those who partnered with the local government are ABS-CBN Davao, Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Dental Association, the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police, Kiwanis Club of Golden Tagum, AFP Reserve Command and Army Reserve Command, medical schools in Tagum City and Rotary Club.
In the data handout released by the City Mayor’s Office, the following are the scheduled rounds for the caravan: Magugpo West, Magugpo North and Magugpo South will be catered on April 12 at Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School; La Filipina and Cuambogan residents will be catered on April 15 at La Filipina Elementary School while Magugpo Poblacion will be on April 23 at Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School.
Apokon and San Miguel residents will be visited by the caravan on April 25 and 26, respectively with Apokon Elementary School and Laureta National High School as venues. On April 29, Bincungan and Canocotan residents will have their opportunity to avail of the services at Herculina Edig Elementary School.
The rest of the schedule for May are the following: May 2 at Don Ricardo Briz Central Elementary School for Magugpo East, May 3 at Tagum City National High Schoool for Visayan Village, May 6 at Madaum Elementary School for Madaum and San Isidro, May 8 at Liboganon Elementary School for Liboganon and Busaon, May 13 at Mankilam Elementary School for Pagsabangan and Mankilam, May 15 at Pandapan Elementary School, and lastly, on May 16 at San Agustin Elementary School for New Balamban, Nueva Fuerza and San Agustin. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)